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Non-Profit Org. U.S. POSTAGE PAID Norfolk, Virginia Permit No. 625 Address Service Requested 5041 Corporate Woods Drive Suite 150 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462-4381 Published by United Jewish Federation of Tidewater SOUTH0000RN VIRGINIA JEWISH NEWS Campus site dedication truly a community Simcha By Joel Robin Add together seven stirring speeches; a foot stomping, hand clapping debut of an original song; a lively Horah around a cul-de-sac; and a vigorous volleyball game on ' a makeshift outdoor court, and file IR: quit was a day to remember for g: the South Hampton Roads Jewish R, COmmunity. The June I site dedication for the :Reba and Sam Sandier Family us of the Tidewater Jewish I .unity was wind swept but l  free, and, as hoped, brought E gether multiple generations of lailies from B'Nai Israel to Tem- I  Israel, from Wards Comer to I[: lr, .e Branch, from BBYO to l: o rith Sholom. "It was just per- U:  t. said Bob Josephberg, Co-  of the Simcha Campaign to ill" the 20-acre complex off 1-264 1| Kempsville. i Some , :j {: ? i : " ; Toni and Steve Sandier, Sheri Sandier and Annie and Art Sandier by the community to do this. While they were alive, our parents were proud of us--all of us. I am certain that today they would be pd of us and the community they loved so much." Marvin Simon, who was instru- mental in identifying and securing the centrally located site, beamed as efforts of organizations instrumental in making the Campus possible including leadership of the Tidewa- ter Jewish Foundation, the JCC, Hebrew Academy, JFS and even though it will not be on the site, Beth Sholom Village. "I extend thanks to Philip Rovner, Carol Kranitz, Dr. Larry Kutler, Harry i. raaflts 500 persons heard [. 1_, by Josephberg, his co-chair It:  Copeland, emcee and JCC E| ,, sident John Strelitz, Virginia he celebrated the uniting of the Mayor Meyera Obemdorf, community behind the Campus i ,_ President Ron Kramer and effort. 'q'his will mean so much for l: :"'tmunity leaders Marvin Simon all of, our children and grandchil- R a:! Steve Sandier who delivered an I!i.o. - tribute to his late parents, dren, said Simon whose family name, it was announced at the Ilballlriility was a key ingredient in event, will grace the Jewish and Sam's lives," said Steve Community Center wing of the 126D00 square foot main building which, attendees could see, is now coming out of the ground. UJFT president Ron Kramer noted that all tho witnessing the gaound breaking were standing "on the brink of a monumental change in the way we live our lives here in Tidewater. This campus is 'our cor- ner of the worldY He prai:,d the  [tl I Toni and Annie, and sister -n, made the lead gift for the |, ,li . Campaign to nnance I  Wanted their name on this i  i .-\\;tUs, rather they would have iwll,,tl tts to participate fully in its I ;! eOprnent. We are so apprecia- tor the opportunity afforded us Graber and Bryan Mesh for work- ing alongside the Federation day in and day out." The major service agencies on the Campus, the Hebrew Academy of'tidewater and Jewish Communi- ty Center, had leading roles on the brisk, spring day. HAT student Evan Davis delivered a meaningful D'var Torah, and the hool's fifth grade performed a moving Hatik- v on wood chimes and then joined with other hoolmates as the chorus for the premier of Zeke Panitz' community anthem, "Cele- brate the Moment." JCC staff kept youngsters busy in an m't and crafts tent and organized a post ceremony bottand volleyball game featuring local rab- bis and agency leadership. "It was the first of what will be very many athletic events on this site;' said John Strelitz. The Frailach Klezmer Band under the director of Marilyn Buxbaum provided the musical accompaniment to a lively Horah that spilled out from under a tent erected adjacent to the property. Cantors Elihu Flax and Jacob Tessler, Jeremy Ruberg and Rabbi Ben Shuil furnished other musical and spiritual assistance, and a host of volunteers, including event co- chairs Amy Levy and Deb Segaloff and a bevy of current and former Jewish youth group members, set up and moved chairs, directed park- ing and distributed campaign posters, water bottles, "'Celebrate the Moment" CD's and treats. "I think we're well on our way to success" says Copeland, who is encouraging every member of the community to contribute toward the I,/n/a Beach Mayor M eye Oberndorf John Strelit: and Marilyn and Simtm $32 million goal. "We ,still have a ways to go, but after this event, there's no questio, the spirit is there to make this Campus, and the oppommity it will crea fc co- mumty growth, a reality."